ELL238 : Language, Migration and Identity

Convener(s): Dr Gerry Howley


General Information

 In a globalised world where migration patterns are changing rapidly, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the ways in which transnational speakers acquire and express themselves in new languages. This module will explore the nature of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) primarily from a variationist sociolinguistic perspective. Key areas of focus include: migration and SLA; identity and SLA; the acquisition of linguistic variation in a second language; sociolinguistic research methods into SLA; and the acquisition of multicultural British Englishes.


There is one lecture and one seminar timetabled per week.


Assessment 1: An essay/report of 2000 words.
Assessment 2: A project that consists of conducting your own research in order to produce a poster presentation addressing aspects of migrants' language acquisition and use. A self-reflective write-up of 1000 words.

Contact Details

0114 2220216


Information last changed: Thursday 16th of March 2017 :: 01:35:34 PM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK